Distributors, pharmacies and manufacturers respond to previously unreleased DEA data about opioid sales

This post has been updated with a statement from Purdue Pharma.

A yearlong legal battle waged by The Washington Post and HD Media, publisher of the Charleston Gazette-Mail in West Virginia, resulted in a ruling Aug. 5 releasing government data tracking sales of billions of opioid pills in the U.S. from 2006 to 2012.

The data in the Drug Enforcement Administration’s Drug Automation of Reports and Consolidated Orders System, known as ARCOS, reveals what each company knew about the number of pills it was shipping and dispensing and precisely when they were aware of those volumes, year-by-year, town-by-town.